Shut Up And Hold On

Album: Drinks After Work (2013)


  • Long term Keith collaborator Bobby Pinson helped the singer write this swamp-stomp opener from his Drinks After Work album. Keith recalled: "Bobby brought that to me and it was one of those songs. I didn't know if it was a single, but I knew it was kind of what we do live - it's fun and just feels like being in an amphitheater or at a festival."
  • This was one of the last tunes Keith cut for Drinks After Work, so he pushed it a bit and the song bloomed in the studio. He recalled: "We were messing around with the vocal and trying to get some different drum sounds. We got the groove where we wanted it and I started singing, but it was almost strange. It wasn't laying down quite like I had thought when we were writing. But when they sent me the mix I said, 'Wow, that thing really took off.' When people on the team heard it I started getting lots of text messages about how much they love it. It sort of rose from the ashes."


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